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Quiet & Romantic Seaside Cottage 1 Mile from Ocho Rios Centre

Bedrooms 1
Space 89 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 2 Showers, (Sleeps 2), recently refurbished

The cottage at Te Moana shares a landscaped 1-acre waterfront lot with owners Jessica and Sebastian Ogden's home. Only one mile from the centre of Ocho Rios, yet a world away, Te Moana offers an idyllic escape from the real world.

The property is perched on a cliff 30 ft above the Caribbean Sea, which is accessed by steps over smooth rocks to a sandy swimming area. The seaside cottage has its own set of stairs leading down to the sea. The adjacent reef provides shelter from the waves and interesting snorkeling. Complementary single and double kayaks, as well as a paddle-board, are a fun way to explore the coastline. Passing fishing canoes offer a motorized alternative. There is a sunbathing/sunset-watching deck just above the sea, and a more private yoga platform, sheltered by a small island.

The Cottage is completely self-contained, with its own entrance and small garden, located on the sea. Downstairs is spacious (366 sq.ft/34 sq.m) and houses the fully equipped kitchen, living area with dining table, bathroom with in/outdoor shower, and water heater.

The bedroom (330 sq.ft/31 sq.m), accessed by an external staircase, has an airy feel with a view that is 100% Caribbean. There is a four poster king-sized bed, sitting area, small balcony and newly fitted en-suite shower room with its own view of the sea. A flat-panel LCD television carries 100+ TV and 60+ radio channels. A wall safe is installed in the closet.

Rumours that, on a clear day, you can see Cuba remain unconfirmed, although it does appear possible. Ceiling fans and the trade winds provide all the necessary cooling.

Six reasonably well-behaved dogs and two cats provide the requisite security, but will not intrude unless invited. The gate is closed at night, with access to guests. The outside driveway lights are light sensitive therefore on all night. Hawkeye Security company is on 24hour call.

There are two well-stocked grocery stores and small restaurants within easy walking distance. Usain Bolt has just opened Tracks and Records Sports Bar 5 minutes walk up the private road. Christopher's restaurant is 5 minutes walk also.

Terracotta tiles and bamboo furniture are attractive and functional, while the walls are adorned with part of Peter & Annabella’s eclectic art & craft collection. The 24' x 9' (7.3 x 2.7 m) verandah boasts 2 hammocks, outside sofa and another dining table.

The garden has a cliffside deck with bench for relaxing sundowners. Steps lead down to a grotto, where the kayaks are kept, and on to a bridge and more steps to the jetti leading to the swimming hole.

Keywords: Cottage, villa, house, seaside cottage, romantic retreat, haven

More Details

Jessica Ogden
Member since: 2008
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
17 October, 2017

About Jessica Ogden

Born and raised in Jamaica and then moved to England for a good number of years, working in fashion and textiles. Paris came next before returning home this past summer to look after the family home and continue my studio here.

Jessica Ogden purchased this cottage in 1981

Why Jessica Ogden chose Jamaica North Coast

Simply a piece of paradise

What makes this cottage unique

The views from the home are what you get from the cottage.. a constantly changing picture of the beautiful sky and sea, and a haven of calm in a bustling town.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We really loved the Seaside Cottage - it was just what we were looking for. Just like the description says, it is eclectic - filled with art, both made and acquired by Annabella (through Harmony Hall, no doubt - which, if you're an "art person" you must make time to see during your stay). We could walk into town, or easily take a taxi (very cheap). We preferred walking mostly, as it's not very far, and we enjoyed taking in the "local flavor". The dogs and cats were so friendly, and very cute! Peter and Annabella are definitely good people and they really made us feel "at home". We really loved it and would recommend it to anyone looking for a beautiful, relaxing vacation on the cliffs near Ocho Rios.
Dec 2009
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Montego Bay
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records Sports Bar
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Sandals G.C., Upton
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Toscanninis at Harmony Hall
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Mahogany Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
The Cottage at Te Moana
Car: not necessary

The Ocho Rios area boasts more attractions than anywhere else in Jamaica, including the world famous Dunn's River Falls. Bob Marley's birth and final resting place can be found at Nine Miles in the hills of St. Ann. Water sports, horseback riding, river tubing, canopy rides, swimming with dolphins, plantation tours, botanical gardens are all here, along with a less traditional ride on a camel.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 89 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • We ask you do not strangers on to the property
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Romantic
  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Upstairs is en-suite, newly refurbished with modern fittings Downstairs is an open air but private shower, hand made by Annabella, with a view to the sea
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Spacious and airy bedroom with a four poster king size bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • diving
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Quiet & Romantic Seaside Cottage 1 Mile from Ocho Rios Centre
average rating of 4.975 based on 60 reviews
Raleigh, NC

Perfect Escape

  • 5 of 5

I honestly don't know where to begin nor can I find the perfect words to describe this absolutely amazingly perfect little get a-way. The property is as described and more. Very quiet, quaint, romantic and the views are absolutely amazing!! If you looking to get a way from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and just want to relax and breath than this place is for you. We had never been to Jamaica before and planned on running around but after arriving we only left one day to go to Dunns River Falls. (I highly recommend going there as well.) This property was so perfect there was no need to leave. A nice cup of morning coffee looking out at the Carribean watching the hummingbirds and lizards play while my husband "chilled" in the hammock was all I needed. We swam and snorkled in our own private grotto and swimming area. We ventured into town our first day to get groceries for the week which was an experience we loved.

The home itself is perfect - the decor was very artsy and classy, the wifi signal was strong and solid with no issues, furniture was comfortable, outside lawn chairs were perfect and the upstairs bedroom was perfect. It has a huge and very comfortable king size bed and the sheets were all we needed with the fan. There is no air but with the ocean breeze the fan was all we needed. We were lucky enough to encounter a couple of mornings waking up to a light rain, we saw a lighting storm over the ocean miles away - absolutely amazing. We even had dinner one night out on the little balcony. Did I mention this place is perfect?? The upstairs bathroom was recently remodeled and the shower is amazing and huge!! Jessica also provided some very lovely products by a local woman that are made from essential oils and no chemicals. I took all of them home with me and use them to this day and will order more online as needed.

Jessica and her cousin were the best and most gracious hosts. They live right next door, they do not intrude but let you know they are available if you need anything and I mean anything. On our last night there she arranged for a "home cooked Jamaican" meal prepared by Marg. It was amazing but oh so much food. It smelled so good while she was cooking it and tasted even better. Next time we stay and yes, we WILL BE returning we'll have this cooked for us earlier in our stay.

As you can guess we loved this place, the host, the views and the absolute privacy and peace and quiet cant be beat!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you got the well deserved break and calm you so wanted. Welcome back anytime!
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Toronto, Ontario


  • 5 of 5

We went to Te Moana for our honeymoon and loved every second of it. The cottage has everything you need and Jessica and Luka did an amazing job getting us oriented. The view from the cottage is amazing and we spent a lot of time just sitting and reading and enjoying outside. Waking up with the view from the bedroom was probably the best part of the trip. Jessica and Luka are perfect hosts, they checked in a few times to make sure we had everything and they helped us set up and rides for outings we wanted to do.

I recommend getting the home cooked meal, it was delicious. We also went to Christopers just down the road for dinner twice because it was so nice there and the food was great.

The dogs are super friendly and the cat is adorable too. We loved having them around. Overall it was an incredible honeymoon and we will absolutely be back!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A little Peace of Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

I love the staff, animals, and the view! Everything from the design to the art work, everything breaths Jamaica and VACATION! Thank you for sharing your space with me! Hugs with love!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was our pleasure to share with you this slice of heaven! Come again soon : )
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  • 5 of 5

This seaside cottage was an incredibly experience! Jessica was a great host and the cottage had all the amenities one could need. The cottage is just steps away from the ocean and the most beautiful water. The evenings could get a little warm but the upstairs bedroom area has a ceiling fan and with the windows open there is a nice breeze. I would definitely recommend this place and my husband and I would stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfection always~

  • 5 of 5

There are not many places I could call home. The island and this particular cottage make me feel right at home. There is something very special about Jessica's place. My daughter and I had the most amazing vacation together. Looking forward to many more visits. I recommend to anyone that appreciates the simple things in life. Peacefulness, beauty, and the most amazing sunrises and sunsets you could ever dream of.



  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Nicest Place You Can Find

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I did endless research trying to find a nice place to spend our honeymoon, and Te Moana attracted our attention right away. But being cautious people, we thought, "Hey these pictures look nice and everything, but things are never what they seem to be on the Internet, especially when they're affordable." And in this case we were right--Te Moana turned out to be a lovelier place than the Internet could ever have captured.

Really, all I can do is wholeheartedly agree with every other review for this property. The hosts are quite likeable, the dogs are nice and make you feel safe, the sea is gorgeous, the location is good, the atmosphere is romantic and quiet; all of the reviews about this place are spot on.

I would however, like to add one thing that I haven't seen mentioned a whole lot yet. Next door, there is a taxi driver who remains on-call for the visitors of Te Moana, and he is fantastic. Throughout the course of our stay in Jamaica we used various other taxi drivers from time to time, but Damian (the driver at Te Moana) was by far our favorite. He is friendly, unassuming, and drives more safely than every other taxi out there.

All in all, you can't go wrong with booking this place.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage on the Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter 2017/18
1 Oct 2017 - 30 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
Summer 18/19
1 May 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
Nightly Rate
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Please contact the owner for information about the Garden Cottage on the same property.
Deposit refund:
50% for cancellations 60+ days before arrival
25% for cancellations 30+ days before arrival
No refund for cancellations with less than 30 days notice

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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